SENSE Research Cluster XII: Sustainable use and reuse of energy, material and resources - Cradle to Cradle approach
There is a widespread demand for sustainable technological systems. It is a challenge to apply principles from bio-cycles, e.g. complete reuse of materials fueled by sustainable energy, in man-made production processes. Concepts like industrial ecology and the Cradle to Cradle approach are strategies to find sustainable solutions. Participants in this cluster explore possibilities and pitfalls of these strategies.
This research field focuses on technology and innovation in relation to production processes and production chains. Researchers develop methods for technology evaluation, such as Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Technology Assessment (TA). Assessment and comparison of (international) production chains has a high scientific complexity. Sustainable technological systems are of high societal relevance. Participants in this SENSE Research Cluster strive for scientific excellence, combined with clear societal involvement.
Featuring subjects, mechanisms and methods that are being developed and applied in this SENSE Research Cluster are, for example:
opportunities and limitations of technological innovations
opportunities and pitfalls of the Cradle to Cradle approach, by confronting such an approach with methods like Life Cycle Analysis
development of industrial production cycles, in analogy with biological cycles
We welcome experts in the field of sustainable use and reuse of energy, material and resources to participate in this research cluster to exchange knowledge and stimulate new innovative developments (if you are not a member of the SENSE Research School but involved with this subject, then you are still welcome to enroll and participate in this research cluster).
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